Const Jeremy White trying out the Woorabinda BMX track. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Const Jeremy White trying out the Woorabinda BMX track. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

More activities leads to crime drop in Woorabinda

BOREDOM is what police in Woorabinda believe was behind a huge spike in juvenile crime in 2014.

With a 59% increase just in property damages within the Woorabinda community, Senior Sergeant Kris Richards put it down to a lack of extracurricular activities.

To try and combat this, a BMX track was built last December, with the help of a Safer Queensland Community Grant, and the results are now speaking for themselves.

"In the last two years, unlawful use and entry to motor vehicles decreased by 83%, unlawful entry with intent decreased by 36%, and damage to property decreased by 18%," Senior Sergeant Richards said.

"By enabling the youth to use their time in a more positive manner, the community as a whole has flourished, as more money has been able to be spent on other community projects and initiatives rather than repairing and replacing damaged property."

Senior Sergeant Richards, who applied for the grant, said the track has played a vital role in decreasing juvenile crime in the area.

The BMX track was supported by a $9850 grant, with a portion of the money used to purchase bicycle helmets.

The Safer Queensland Community Grants program, delivered by Suncorp and the Queensland Police Service, is aimed at helping local communities improve road safety and reduce crime, or the fear of crime, in Queensland through supporting locally-run projects.

Since the program's launch in 2011, more than 80 community groups have benefited with police throughout Queensland being awarded Safer Queensland Community Grants.

In Central Queensland alone, 16 grants have been awarded totalling more than $100,000.

Grants up to $10,000 can be awarded for initiatives, with up to $250,000 in grants available in 2015.

Applications for the fifth round are now open and any groups with an idea which can help their community address road safety, crime or the fear of crime are urged to apply.


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